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Primator Dark Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Primator Dark LagerPrimator Dark Lager

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 12-14-2003)
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Reviews by Tnkemist:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Tnkemist, Jan 01, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

olradetbalder, Friday at 03:19 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Primator tmavé 12 served in large mug in Kutna Hora, CZ.

A - nice aroma of spicy hops and medium and dark malts. Slightly smokey.

T - sweet for style, but some balancing bitterness kicks in at the finish. Still a bit too sweet IMO.

M - medium body with good carbonation

O - a mediocre Czech tmavé which, by global standards, means a fine beer.

chinchill, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear dark brown body that has a glow at the base. There is a creamy thick oatmeal colored head that sticks to the glass leaving register marks with each sip.

S- The dry toffee has some slightly sweet brown malt notes with a hint of Munich malt sweetness in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet brown malt with a touch of dark pot caramel and a melanoidin note that grows dominate as the beer warms. The finish is a soft dry bittern green noble hop note.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a mellow fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This had a lot of the similarities as their double bock but the melanodin and sweetness really start to dominate as it warms and there isn't any alcohol or hops to cut the sweetness.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BamfBacon, May 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Ciocanelu, May 15, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted and chocolate malt. Nice.
The roasted malt comes through in the taste as well, along with a little milk and mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is a little fizzy and crisp.
An enjoyable experience with the flavorful taste but still lighter lager.

Fatehunter, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

RD1163, Apr 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

Segelstrom, Aug 05, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Back label is printed "375" but no indication of a date.
Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Dark mahogany copper color when held to the light. Compact layer of velvety foam that seems to subside after a few minutes. Spindly, drippy lacing in the glass.

Smell is a little bland, vague lager yeast and some light traces of maple or tobacco.

Light roasted malt, a little prickly from the carbonation, smooth mild coffee and tobacco flavors linger in the aftertaste. Schwartzbier-ish. Light bodied but somewhat substantial, a little watery in the finish, traces of oxidation. Overall it's a good dark lager, maybe a little bit long in the tooth, but still has some life left.

emerge077, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Harkrank, Dec 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

BrazilianAussie, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extra dark chestnut brown with a couple fingers of thick tan head displaying some good retention and fair lacing. The aroma is is nutty, umami, mildly roasty, and figgy. The flavor is lightly vinous, nutty, and meaty with a nicely bitter oatmeal raisin cookie finish. Medium-thick bodied with a pleasantly subdued carbonation, nicely done though perhaps a bit light for the richly full flavor. Overall this is a really nice beer, a fully flavored lager with nutty rich characters but also low in alcohol and easy drinking. Very good.

vacax, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a tall brown half-liter bottle with an elongated neck and a pretty cool label featuring the facade of a Czech cathedral and the brewery's coat of arms. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 8/18/04, I opened it on 12/14/03.

Pours a beautiful clear dark brown under a small tan head that disappears too quickly. Much too quickly. The nose is full of sweet caramel, with may one plum thrown in. The mouth is heavy and mildly carbonated. The taste is sweet - caramel and fruit, as promised by the nose. This is followed by some mild hoppiness that lingers well into the aftertaste, which is nevertheless more fruity than bitter. This beer has a lot of promise, and certainly isn't bad, but somehow, I'm disappointed. It seems to be just a bit more watery than it could or should be.

Globetrotter, Dec 14, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

pathman, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells mostly of grain and chocolate. Good Nobel hop aroma mostly grassy with a little green herb. Faint smell of molasses.

Starts out malty with a graham cracker and chocolate flavor. Slight raisin bran cereal flavor. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK.

Zorro, Jan 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

kangasmaa, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle, called Tmavé Lezak in Czech. Bought in Sweden.) I somehow managed to delete my original comments here, damn! But this is still a nice dunkel, deep reddish brown colour, decent head. Flavour is malty and bready with a moderate but nice roastiness, notes of caramel, moderately sweet. I would like some more hops in the finish, but that’s the Czech dunkel style, I guess.

Sigmund, Apr 19, 2005
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3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was hoping it would be a Munich dunkel when I bought it, guess not. 500ml brown bottle.

It pours a cola brown with a foamy head that leaves cobwebs of lacing.

The smell is interesting, it almost has the smell of ovaltine, but with a slap of bread and honey. The hops, like in the other primator brews, were up front and herbal/grassy/medicinal. In this particular brew, they could have done without the hop in the aroma.

The flavor is okay, the hops are overbearing with herbal character, it kind of ruins the already weak taste.

The primator beers are just hopped in the wrong way for me.

crossovert, Aug 05, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Sspeer1, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ernie
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 cl brown bottle. Color deep brown, with red spark. Small and unstable cappuccino head. Very modest lace.

Aroma is a mix of candy sugar with well-roasted malts and dry fruit.

Start is a bit prickly, general mouthfeel smooth, on the thin side. Taste sweetish, malty-fruity, with a gentle note of nuts. Finish fruity-acidic. Aftertaste complex: hops, malts and fruit, rather well balanced.

Worth a try, but there are Czech dark lagers much better than this one.

ernie, Jun 19, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Florya, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

RoyFokker, Jul 06, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a large dirty white head, and great lacing.

smell is of malt, some caramel, and a little sweetness in the back.

taste is smooth, malt, a touch cocoa, some roastiness, and a little caramel, ends a little dry.

overall a nice dark lager.

froghop, Jun 27, 2010
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Primator Dark Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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